Hurricane Matthew gets company
FLORIDA – Another storm has formed in the Atlantic. But Tropical Storm Nicole poses no threat to land at this time.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami gave its first advisory on the storm at 11 a.m., when it formed about 525 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. In its 5 p.m. update, the NHC said Nicole, carrying maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour, was about 510 miles northeast of San Juan, and still moving towards the northwest at 9 miles per hour.
“This general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours . . . Little change in strength is forecast for the next day or so, followed by gradual weakening,” the NHC said.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the centre.
As Nicole moves to the northwest, it will enter an area of higher wind shear, which will create unfavorable conditions for further tropical development. Wind shear is the change in wind speed or direction with altitude.
As a result, Nicole may weaken into a tropical depression late this week or early this weekend.
Though Nicole is expected to stay south of Bermuda, it may produce rough seas around the island. The storm is forecast to heighten the risk of rip currents along south-facing beaches of Bermuda.
Meantime, the northern eyewall of the extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew, still a Category 4 hurricane with winds near 145 miles per hour, is already pounding the eastern tip of Cuba.
At 5 p.m., it was about 30 miles south southwest of the eastern tip of Cuba and moving toward the north at 9 miles per hour.
“On this track the eye of Matthew will move over the extreme portion of eastern Cuba in the next few hours. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected by Wednesday, followed by a northwest turn Wednesday night,” the NHC said.
“Matthew is expected to move near or over portions of the southeastern and central Bahamas tonight and Wednesday, and approach the northwestern Bahamas . . . Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through at least Thursday night.”